Wednesday, March 11, 2015


American actor and social entrepreneur Adrian Grenier, has been announced as a judge for Chivas Regal’s - The Venture, a global search for the most promising social entrepreneurs from around the world.

Grenier will bring his experience as a social entrepreneur to the panel of judges who are tasked with awarding a share of a $1 million fund amongst the most exciting social enterprises at The Venture Final Pitch event in San Francisco on July 24th 2015.

Adrian Grenier announced as judge for Chivas Regal's  The Venture

The star of the hit TV series and upcoming feature film, Entourage, will be joined on the panel by Morgan Clendaniel, Editor of Fast Company’s Co and Alex Ricard, Pernod Ricard Chairman and CEO.

Since launching in October 2014, The Venture has received over 1000 applications from social enterprises across five continents. Sixteen finalists from as many countries have been selected to take part in an Accelerator Week in Silicon Valley, the epicentre of the start-up world, where they will be mentored by global businesses leaders and successful social entrepreneurs.

Five finalists will then be selected to pitch in front of a live audience and the global judging panel at The Venture Final Pitch event. The finalists will be judged on the viability of their business and the scalability of their impact model.

Adrian Grenier has already successfully launched a number of social enterprises including SHFT, a lifestyle platform focused on a sustainable approach to the way we live through film, design, art and food, so has a wealth of personal expertise to bring to The Venture. He is also currently running an exciting Kickstarter campaign for the project entitled, ‘52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale’, a cinematic quest to find the “52 Hertz Whale” which scientists believe has spent its entire life in solitude, calling out at a frequency that is different from any other whale.

Commenting on the news, Richard Black, Chivas Regal Global Brand Director, said: “We’re proud to be announcing Adrian as a judge for The Venture Final Pitch event in July. He has an understanding of the start-up world and a desire to use innovation to create positive change so we know he will bring invaluable insight to the panel and provide great business advice to the finalists. There are a variety of industries represented amongst the 16 finalists, and with Adrian joining Alex Ricard and Morgan Clendaniel, we feel we have just the right expert judges to evaluate each business’ potential and how we can help them grow.”

The Venture’s 16 global finalists will be announced on the May 11th and will go head to head in a 5 week public vote to secure a share of the $1 Million in funding before they even reach The Final Pitch.

To find out more about Adrian’s role and to vote for your favourite finalist from May 11th, visit:

Source: Chivas Brothers